Archive | January 2012

What Board Games Have You Played? Do You Still Play Board Games Now?

Lately, I have been in my Gaming mode whether its from the Gaming Console or the original board games of the past. In Recent years I do not hear much of people playing board games anymore and I think it is due to the life now, how everything is revolved around gadgets, and games online now and I rarely hear anymore that people are actually playing an interactive board game with family and friends. I believe that by playing board games and being interactive is far more better than playing those games online. I believe its a lot more fun to play with people physcially than on a computer. Now In my previous blog I wrote about Nintendo Games and playing on the TV, thats also interactive with someone whom you can play with or a group of people in teams.

There were also these building games like Constructs, Lego, and all those things where you would build. It was so fun and I used to spend hours on it.

I remember playing so many board games as child up til my early teens. It has been a long time I haven’t played a board game. I played games like Uno, Trouble, Monopoly, Othello, Scattergories, Operation, Snakes & Ladders, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Tic Tac Toe, Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, Jenga, you name it. What Board games have you played? Do you still invest time in interactive games with your family and friends?

 

I Really Miss The Original Nintendo and Playing The Popular Mario Bros.

Lately, I have been playing wayback playback of the gaming consoles I have played with when I was younger. There was the Original Nintendo, then Sega Genesis with the Sonic & Hedgehog, and so much more, but particularly, I used to play Nintendo Mario Brothers Games from one until three and Dr. Mario. I remember when I had the cold, I used to think just by playing Dr. Mario with the different coloured tablets, I would get better, but no LOL… Since then I haven’t played the new playstations, xbox 360’s… I am all about the Older gaming consoles. Another game I liked to play was Duck hunt, Konami Games, Double Dragon, River City Ransom, and so many games I had. My brother still has them. Its now a classic thing and its probably worth a lot now.

I remember playing these games for countless hours with my cousins, and so many people used to come over and we would have tournaments playing these games. Nothing beats these games now. I remember sometimes when the game didn’t work correctly, we’d blow into the game and then it would work, or in the compartment to play the game we’d blow into and press the start button. LOL it was cool. Its been over 15 years or more I haven’t played it. I really miss it. I think I will play with it this week. Mario Brothers games are so fun. In the 3rd one, I would always get the whistle and skip through all the levels and go to Level 8 and I would always beat the goomba at the end and win the whole game. Sometimes I would play every level, but that would take hours and hours. I miss those days where the going and coming of people being together all the time playing interactive games, now its not so much anymore. Nintendo was a fun thing and I never got bored of it. I think about it from time to time.

 

Talin’s Pomegranate Vegetable Salad

Pomegranates are one of my favourite fruits to eat and pomegranates can be used in so many ways as juices, a snack, salads and so much more. Pomegranates Originated from Armenia. Even though the Apricot is Armenia’s National fruit, but Pomegranates are equivalent to that. Pomegranates have so much nutrients and health benefits. You can get them at your local grocery store or specialty grocery stores. They are lovely fruits and I like them a lot. Well, here is how you make Talin’s Pomegranate Vegetable Salad.

You will need:

- 1 Red Onion – Chopped into Salad Size…

- 1 or 2 Romaine Lettuce – the full thing —- depends on how many people will be having salad.. Wash the romaine lettuce

- 2-3 Pomegranates — take the red seeds out — first before doing so, wash the pomegranate from the outside….

- Washed 1 Green Pepper — chop into salad size pieces.

- Half of a Cucumber or a whole one — Washed and chopped  into salad size pieces.

- 1 or 2 tomato’s on a vine — washed and chopped into salad sized pieces.

- 2 or 3 Celery Sticks WASHED. Chopped into elbow macaroni like pieces but slightly bigger…..

- 2 Lemons washed skin — Squeezed  ————— Mix this with the 2 ingredients below:

- 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

- 2-3 sprinkles of SEA SALT

—- Optional — You can put Feta Cheese, A little Cracked black pepper, Black Olives…

*****Remember to wash all your ingedients very well and discard the ends.******

To Prepare:

Just incorporate all the salad ingredients into a big salad bowl, then add the pomegranate seeds on top then the Lemon Olive Oil juice, then toss and mix the salad very well until all the ingredients incorporate with each other and there you have it. A HEALTHY SALAD.

Enjoy!!!!

 

Red Lentil Soup — With Parboiled Rice, Potato & Carrots

Hello, Here is one of my favourite and easy recipes to make on a cold winters day. Red Lentil soup is high in Iron, and Goodness and very healthy to eat. This concoction is a hearty soup and its incredible… Here is how to make it.

You will need:

- 1-2 teaspoons of Ground Cumin

- 1 Cup of thoroughly washed Parboiled Rice – Make sure you wash it very well until water becomes transparent….

- 2-3 cups of Red Lentil — Make sure this is also washed 3-4 times.

- 1-2 teaspoons of salt — use as desired, but I do not recommend it to be too too salty, so use it to your discrection.

- 3-4 potato’s — chopped and diced — wash the potato’s as well — Use regular sized potato’s but not too big.

- 1 to 2 carrot sticks, washed and zested, but diced as well.

To Prepare:

First you put the Red Lentils in the large pot to cook with the water, and bring it to a boil and make sure all the red lentils cook very well until you don’t see the lentils anymore just a light coloured mixture. Make sure there is enough water, then you put in the parboiled Rice, you let that cook for a good 10-12 minutes, but after 8 minutes of cooking the rice, put in the potato and carrots at the same time, then put in your Ground Cumin and Salt — Make sure the soup has enough water. keep adding water if desired, but make it hearty…. There you have it… RED LENTIL SOUP with Parboiled Rice, Potato and Carrots..

—– You can add Cooking Onions if you like into the soup…. that adds a bit more flavour… about 1-2 onions….

 

Reader Appreciation Day!

Dear My Lovely Supporters, Readers,

I’d Like to say thank you so much for all your comments, your time reading my blog, giving me wonderful and positive feedback. I appreciate it all so much. I believe all of us have strengths, talents and the way to life and it should never be taken for granted. Blogging has become one of my priorities in my life and writing is my passion and finally I found what I really love doing and what I really am passionate about. I spent a lot of alone time and I was thinking about all the things I can do, and writing was one of them, and I instantly began to write for my Armenian Church and then it escalated from there starting my own blog in Google Blogspot, that did not pan out, so I moved to WordPress and I am loving it ever since. WordPress blogs and other bloggers have taught me a lot about life and how I am not alone in situations and I am so greatful to them all for taking the time to come to my blog and reply and giving me incredible awards, plaques, nominating me for so many different types of awards and you all carry a special place in my heart from my readers, supporters, family, friends and fans and all those websites of blogs that has my name on it, and among other websites. You all are so lovely and sweet and may you all be healthy, happy and everything else in between. All the best of the best in Life and may all your dreams come true. It is never too late to start dreaming. I LOVE you all very much and thanks again for everything.

Everyday should be Reader Appreciation Day but today I decided I dedicate it to you all.

Much Love,

Love,

Talin Orfali

Being Used, Then Put To The Side When Not Needed Anymore…

Lately, I have been feeling really used by people and its not a pleasant thing to go through. I have been through so much in my life like people bullying me, and keeping me left out of things in peoples lives and all that was a thing of the past, but now I am dealing with another dilemma, and that is people using me. I am only approached to if people need something, then the rest of the time, they act like they do not even know you, and say who is she? It is really a terrible feeling and I hope nobody else has to go through those problems. I myself have been there so many times where people wouldn’t give you the time of day, but conveniently they are there when you are needed.

I must learn to put my foot down, my good nature and soft heartedness, I am always end up doing it for them. Now that Facebook, Twitter, Youtube is out many people ask me to advertise they’re links and I do it, but there is a limit. There is this quote which I really love but do not know who the writer is, but it says: “Never make people a priority, when you are just an option to them”. I should take that advice and words of wisdom and put to good use. I should say no once in a while, it won’t hurt me. I will just find out who my true friends are by just doing so. I know there are still great people in this world, but very rare to find these days and very rare to find people whom do not use others.

Now days, whenever I see pictures of people having fun with each other on facebook, they are at a party, then I have to find out after the fact of that gathering or something and it is extremely hurtful to me and feeling excluded from things is not something that I feel good about. I cannot even begin to think how many times I have cried myself to sleep, thinking I am just a book that is read and put back on the shelf and not needed anymore, or those clothes that have been worn and put back in the closet to never be worn again. Its terrifying to feel this way and its not a great feeling at all. All the times I have been bullied, and put to the side when I was a kid, comes back to haunt me and no matter how much we try to forget it, it always there. It just doesn’t make sense to me and I am still trying to figure it out.

I want to have fun in my life, I want to put all those bad feelings and put them in the past and start fresh, but its not happening for me and sometimes all I want to do is just have some fun, and be invited to gatherings, be invited and have great conversations with people whom I know, not just one or two word conversations then I get put to the side and I am not noticed all night and I am just there by myself where nobody would talk to me for long periods of time. Its crazy. I do have friends now and everything and I am greatful to that and I have people whom I go out with Friday nights and stuff, but I am just so tired of being used then put out to the curb on Garbage day because that is how I feel at times and its just so ridiculous. I do not get why people have to act this way to other people. Its not a great feeling at all and I know all of this first hand. I hope nobody else has to go through this.

Zakhtari KEKHGEH – Zahtar Thyme Cookies

2 Cups of Flour

1 cup of Zakhtar

1 cup of Mazola or Olive Oil

a little bit of Salt

1-2 cups of Water

1 teaspoon of Baking powder

Mix it up —– and make them into any shape you want

bake it until you see it get light golden brown.

take out, let cool

then serve…..

Never Keep Anything Bottled Up Inside Of You. Always Bring It Out.

In My life I have learned not to keep anything bottled up inside and always spill the beans no matter what. I actually feel so much better everytime I do because if I keep anything bottled up inside of me, that makes life a lot more stressful and a big burden on your heart and it may suffocate you in the long run. Blogging takes a lot out of me as I express my feelings with writing and I talk to close people and loved ones in my life who understand my situations. If your going through rough times, or if you feel like venting out, do it. It is very good for you and it takes a big load off your mind and heart. You may not be aware of it, but you actually do make it better by speaking out about it.

People get sick, stressed, over-analyze themselves, sells ones self short, and all these terrible things can happen if all of us don’t speak out. People always tell me to never keep things inside of me unless they are secrets and things that people do not want me to tell anyone, that will always stay with me forever and I will never tell a soul, but besides that among everything else it should be said out, and they told me to never hesitate and be afraid of expressing myself. Its part of Human nature. All of us have problems, all of us have our worries so on and so forth, but its always good to say it out loud, its always good to confide in someone, if we don’t those problems will escalate and escalate and to the point like its a temperature gauge and when the mercury will explode. You do not want to get yourself to that level.

When you have a problem with someone, when you have issues you would like to discuss to someone, you tell it to their face and come up with solutions to solve that problem, or talk it over with someone, without other people interfering, and just have an open communication with whatever bothers you inside and whatever you need to express. Its super important to realize that. You may strengthen bonds with others by just doing that. You need to talk pleasantly and start the conversation by, “we need to talk about something that has been bothering me” or something along the lines of just being sincere and respectful as you confront the person, because nobody wants anyone to hound them and give them grief. Its always good to be respectful about it, rather than being hateful and rude. It sets yourself up for more problems when you want to solve it with others. You will see problems diminish and you will see that your bonds with people will be more strong if your straight forward, if you apply yourself and just let it all out. You don’t want a two faced person in front of you and a person who laughs and smiles but really they cannot stand the fact that there are problems that have not been discussed.

Some people do not realize the wrong they do, so we must make people aware of it and tell them like it is. No one likes a fake person. Its important to be real, to be nice about it and you will see how things will get better.

Life can sometimes throw obstacles to your face, so we need to talk to prevent those obstacles from contacting you. There are so many personalities, so many characters in life, different people, different mentalities, but always remember, “An Ugly Personality, Can Ruin a Pretty face” – UNKNOWN ——– So do yourself a favour, set yourself free and do not let anything get bottled up inside. You wouldn’t want to risk having a serious nervous breakdown now would you? Think about it!

When something from your past comes back to Haunt you.

Do you ever feel about a terrible experience or a terrible thing from your past comes back to haunt you? Such as when you have forgotten or have no though of that terrible situation you were in and all of a sudden it comes back to you? Well, several days ago I experienced deja vu all over again. Something that I do not ever want to go through ever again. I finally knew who my true friends were from all the fiasco that occured.

I could not stop crying inside of me. I did not want to show my tears in front of people, but I was crying so hard. I always try to stay strong and have a smiling face, but sometimes I just cannot help a tear or two or three in that case. I just hope that I will never go through what I went through and I do not wish that upon anybody else who I love and care about.

Since several days ago I haven’t been my full usual self. I have been cranky, and I have been lashing out at a couple of people and suddenly have no interest in interaction and being talkative because of that issue.

In conclusion and on the bright side of it all a few friends of mine, who I will like to keep anonymous and they know who they are really helped me out in that situation and I will forever be greatful to them and I love you guys and never forget it.

I hope my luck will change soon and I hope everything will be back to normal again, but its so difficult. Especially for me. I just want to be accepted for the person I am and the person I carry out to be. I don’t want to be a person people feel sorry for. I just want to be happy again.

The Harmless way to Lose Weight… By Talin O..

Do you depend on diet programs, diet drinks, or diet pills to lose weight? Well, those can do more harm than good and can give you side effects and health problems in the future to come and sometimes we don’t know what those do to our bodies until we have to visit the doctor. The best way to lose weight is to eat foods moderately, and cut your sugar/carbohydrates in half. Also Exercising for 30 minutes to an hour each day. once or twice a day either on the treadmill if you have one at home or outside if its a really nice day or just going to the gym.

People say that you should not eat Carbs at all, like pastas, breads, potatoes, rice etc… They are wrong. Small portions of each is good enough because they all carry nurtients that help your body get through.

Do not eat anything that is fried in oil, like fries, breaded food, poutine, perogies. The best way to cook them is to bake them in the oven without oil. that will cut the oil intake by 80%

Eating meat is a good way to gain protiens from steak, chicken, and beef.
No pork, ribs, hot dogs or sausages as they are the meats that have lots of fat in them.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day. If you cannot handle that many glasses, drink 6. that will help you lose the calories and circulate your blood more.

People say that you should only eat salads, fruits, and vegetables. well, thats not enough. you should eat every food group, but in moderation. Veggies and Fruit carry natural sugars and flavourings.

Exercise is a very important part in losing weight, staying healthy and maintaining your heart rate. 30 minutes to an hour a day is good. Put motivational, positive posters around your exercise area. YOU CAN DO IT! The will power is the strongest power you can have, but the initial start to it can be hectic, but don’t think about it. JUST DO IT! :) …. If you are starting, the pain can be so excruciating when calories are burning from your body, but remember this NO PAIN NO GAIN! Exercise is also good for your skin, and complexion. It is always good to drink water before your workout and after your work out. It helps you lose calories quicker. DO NOT OVERDO exercise. it can hurt you. 1 hour a day for exercise is plenty!

Pick one day of the week to weigh yourself, write it down, and make a goal sheet. then you will see the results per week in your clothes, as well as compliments from others.

The Sweets Day: yes its not a good thing to have lots of sugar in your body, but pick a day of the week where you want to eat your favourite dessert, but not the whole thing, just half.

If you are overweight, cannot find clothes in the store that will fit you, and you want to wear bikinis and swim suits and cannot due to that fact, then time to get serious about becoming healthy and to shed those pounds.

REMEMBER DO NOT DEPEND ON DIET PROGRAMS, DIET PILLS, OR DIET DRINKS. Stay far from them as possible. They can do serious Harm and you wont even know it!

Thanks so much for reading :)

Blogging Is A Universal Language

In the past few months, as I have been making it a goal to blog everyday, and to talk about various topics of today’s society, the way life is and what we can do to make our lives more positive, happy and optimistic on things and among telling stories, promoting a product or service, introducing new gadgets, discussing about medical issues, travel, marketing, business, recipes, food, auto, planes, ships, so on and so forth. I think blogging and posting is a universal language and so much information is circulating about so many topics and we see people different outlooks, opinions on certain things which make the world go round.

Every blogger is unique in their own ways and everyone has different approaches to things, which is why I call blogging a booming thing online and its like so many languages but all service one purpose, is to get our view points out there, to get what were interested in out there, so on and so forth. I think the best way to create this universal language is to start outlining what is important to talk about and what our readers and people who are interested will engage into a blog even further.

It all starts with the persons reflections, feedbacks, suggestions and opinions. We all are entitled to our own opinions, but also keep in mind that if we have opinions about another persons blog or another persons thoughts you do not agree on, its important to give feedback and opinions to a not so offensive manner and not hurt the persons feelings who has spent time writing about that certain subject. Maybe organize your thoughts, and approach that situation in a more mannered way, in a more civilized manner. Remember that words hurt people a lot and its imperitive that we do not slander or hurt people. Everything we say, we can say it in a more nicer way. for example take the following scenario on a comment someone would write to another person….

“Your so stupid, you can’t write for beans, you don’t know what the heck your talking about, your the worst writer in the world, get a life.”

Now, that is really hurtful and that deters people from following their dreams, Now here is a more kinder way and something that you should mean from your heart and people sense if a comment is fake or real by just the way you write it…. Now here is an example of a more kinder approach:

“Although people have different views and opinions on things, but this is my opinion and I do not mean to offend, but here is what I think of that topic you wrote about”

This universal language of blogging should not be discriminated against each other, but yes I do agree on if its offensive about racism, slander, vulgarity, profane, and other terrible things, then yes, it should be reported to the blogging website administration or reported as that type of material should be monitored and removed. Blogging should be about goodness, useful information. I think our universal blogging language should be strong and firm and be one big family and help each other out.

Armenia — My Beautiful Country

So much to do, So much to see Armenia is where I want to be Listening to zurna, duduk in the streets while walking to a nice restaurant to find some good eats.
I visited Sourp Etchmiadzin to pray just before I get old and my hair starts turning gray I went to Mesrob Mastotz to say thank you while enjoying myself while looking at the view.
I visited and swam in the hot summer in beautiful Sevan Lake. I didn’t care how cold it was because I began to bake. I returned to Yerevan to enjoy it alot more. on the way I stopped in an ice cream store.
I visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial and began to cry a lot so I put flowers by the eternal flame that I bought. I looked at Mother Armenia and told her I love her and that shes in my heart and I told her that my love for Armenia and My Love for being Armenian will never grow apart.
So I looked at Mount Ararat that belongs to Armenia and Said you will come back to us because there was nothing else to fuss. I go back to the hotel Armenia to check out to turn in my key. All I gotta say is please return our lands Turkey
BY TALIN ORFALI

Farrah Fawcett — My Connection with her. True Story

Before I was born My Parents and brother were in California at the time and the was a movie being shot with Ryan O’neal and Drew Barrymore at the time and all of a sudden my parents and brother were watching the movie being shot, and somehow they ended up being near Ryan O’neal’s trailer and so Ryan forgot his keys inside his trailer and locked himself out of it, and so My brother was so tiny so he went in through the window and got him his key so he can open the door to his trailer and Ryan O’neal gave my brother some cash and my parents, brother, Drew Barrymore and Ryan O’neal ended up having dinner together after the movie shoot.
Ryan O’neal was Farrahs long time partner and were set to marry before Farrah Succumbed to her cancer battle. So I am ONE Degree away from Farrah and may she rest in peace. So that is my connection with Farrah.
RIP Farrah Ryan I am thinking of you.

Naturally and Beautiful Montreal — Lots to see and do… Your Tour Guide: Talin Orfali

Montreal is one of the most beautiful cities of Canada and the world. There are lots to see, do and explore. Whether its adventurous, about nature, if your a partier, if you love to explore and taste different foods at different restaurants, if your religious and love visiting beautiful historic churches, if you love taking a walk in parks, if you love to drive there are several highways(autoroutes) to choose from, and so much more. Here are places that you cannot leave Montreal without seeing before your eyes…
The Biodome The Insectarium The Botanical Garden The Planetarium Pont Champlain Notre Dame St Joseph Oratoire La Ronde Casino De Montreal Bon de Secours Parc Avenue Parc du Mont Royal Art Gallery of Montreal Old Montreal Old Port Westmount Outremont Montreal Laval Snowdon Berri Uqam Henri Bourassa Montmorency Cote Vertu Centre Eaton Montreal Olympic Stadium
Just For Laughs Festival Montreal Jazz Fest Cabane e Sucre Ile De Montreal Center Bell
The STM, METRO, Laval Transit — its great to explore different transits in the city..
Lots of restaurants include — Boccacinos, Elixor, Chenoys, La Belle Province, Amir, Arouch, Karoun, Chef Kebab, Lordia, El Sultan, Galleria, Scores, Casa Greque, Gladiatore, Casse Croute and so much more.
For More information in regards to Montreal and its area, please do not hesitate to contact me… Thank you.